Day in history for April 10, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
<fn201Arrangements are being made for the formation of a football and cricket club which will meet two or three times a week. This should prove very fine exercise for persons who are engaged in sedentary occupations.

1883 -- 125 years ago
<fn201Owing to the rock formation at the foot of 23rd St. and the excavation for the water works protection, there is an artificial reservoir there which is frequently used by those in the neighborhood.

1908 -- 100 years ago
<fn201Alderman Louis Ostrom presented a bill in city council calling for an annual license fee of $1,000 for Rock Island saloons.

1933 -- 75 years ago
<fn201A violent thunderstorm, accompanied by the most severe hailstorm in many years, occurred in the Quad-City area. The icy bombardment caused thousands of dollars damage and property loss in Rock Island.

1958 -- 50 years ago
<fn201The new Black Hawk District chairman, Boy Scouts of America, is Milton Hedquist, Rock Island, who was installed at the district's annual meeting.

1983 -- 25 years ago
<fn201Rock Island's City Council is currently chosen on an at-large basis, but voters can change that when they decide whether to divide the city into wards. Opponents say the at-large system creates the possibility that geographic or social segments of the city can be shut out of government.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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